Yesterday we seemingly got confirmation that the HTC ThunderBolt would really, finally be launching on February 14th at Best Buy, and a new Best Buy screenshot has emerged that adds even more credence to that claim. As you can see above, Best Buy is apparently gearing up to offer the TBolt on the 14th at a price of $249.99, with pre-sales kicking off tomorrow. Before you get too excited, though, I've got a bit of bad news. If DroidForums admin Miami1683 is to be believed, the ThunderBolt's launch has been pushed back to February 28th. The alleged reason for the delay? Why, the iPhone 4, of course. Miami claims that, since Apple's handset has been selling so well, Verizon decided to push the TBolt's launch back so that it can have its own time to shine rather than stuck in the shadow of the iPhone's launch.
The iPhone is certainly a big seller for Verizon, shattering the carrier's first day sales in a matter of two hours, so it's kind of understandable that they wouldn't want their first 4G phone to get lost in the iPhone 4 hype. That doesn't change the fact that I'm still going to be disappointed if this rumor is true, though. Do you all think it's wise for Big Red to push the ThunderBolt's launch date back, or should they just push it out and let it go toe-to-toe with the iPhone?
UPDATE: And just like that, Best Buy is now accepting pre-orders for the ThunderBolt. Interestingly, they're still not giving out an actual release date, but if you need to guarantee yourself a TBolt on day one, then $50 is all you'll need to claim one of your very own.